Found project: Aachener Dom


    Project : Aachener Dom

    Language variant : Aachen Cathedral

    Architect : Odo of Metz

    Completion: 805 (Palatine chapel)

    Locality : Aachen

    Country : Germany

    Building style : Pre-Romanesque

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    Description :

    Charlemagne’s Palatine Chapel forms the centre of the Aachen Minster.

    The chapel is entered by an impressive portal on its western side. The main domed room is a two-storey octagon with a diameter of almost 20 metres. A large choir is attached on the east side.

    Arches open the octagon to the vaulted 16-sided ambulatory. Galleries are located on the upper floor behind arches supported by tall, slender columns.

    Some of the columns and capitals in the upper church are material taken from ancient ruins. Charlemagne had obtained the Pope’s personal permission to carry off columns from the palace in Ravenna to Aachen. These ‘Spolia’ stress the importance of the church in which Charlemagne’s throne stood.

    Odo von Metz has been identified as the architect of the chapel. The building was consecrated in 805 by Pope Leo III. Nine years later, Emperor Charlemagne was buried here. For more than 200 years, chapel was the tallest building north of the Alps.

    Today the octagon forms the centre of Aachen Cathedral. A gothic choir and chapels were added, and the interior decoration changed.

    Kuhl, Isabel: 50 Buildings You Should Know. Prestel-Verlag, Munich 2007, p. 37.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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